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Would you try another book from Tad Williams and/or Tim Flavin?
Tad Williams YES, Tim Flavin NO!
Would you be willing to try another book from Tad Williams? Why or why not?
I liked, nay, really liked the first book. The performance of the second killed it for me. Why they changed to Tim Flavin is beyond me. I wonder if Tad Williams has any input as to who reads his books?At this stage, I will not be purchasing the third book until/if they change the narrator.
How could the performance have been better?
Simply put, can the narrator. Hold off on release until Joe May was able to record.
Do you think Happy Hour in Hell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
It has a follow up book, and it is needed, to further the story, particularly with the way it was left.
Any additional comments?
I am trying not to be too harsh, after all it is a job for this guy, same as anyone else. And I doubt anyone would like some random Joe beating on his work performance. But in saying that, this performance brought the entire work down. It pulls you out of the story that Tad Williams has crafted. I had to grit my teeth and continue on with it. At times I felt like throwing the "book" across the room, if only it wasn't my iPhone I was holding.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is a great read, if you are a fan of Bobby Dollar, an angel with attitude, and his continuing exploits to dodge the good the bad and the darn right ugly in pursuit of little Miss Cold Hands, then like me you will love this book. Tad Williams takes us to New places and depths actually and literally. Full of twists and turns, some you can see coming and some that catch you by the throat. The story follows on from The Dirty Streets of Heaven almost without a pause, but could be read as a stand alone I think but obviously to get the best experience book 1 should be read first. It is well paced, comic in places and leaves you wondering how in Hell (pun intended) will he survive the Machiavellian Shenanigans of above and below.
If you have listened to The Dirty Street of Heaven, I'm sure you will have formed images of the characters in you minds eye, due to the great voice acting of Joe May e.g. Cassi is petite sexy savvy and a bit scary. Tim Flavin's Cassi is well... a Man and a 6 foot bearded brute with rippling muscles and definitely not sexy, and don't even get me started on the poor Solihull sisters who are supposed to be from Birmingham England not India or poor Fatback who I really could not understand what he was saying.
So as you might of guessed switching Voice actors in mid series sometimes does not work and leaves a confusion of characters where you are constantly trying reconcile who is who and distracts from the plot somewhat.
So in summery the book is great, the narration may be good if read in isolation, but as a follow on, leaves me with "cold hands" - oh lord am I never going to get that image out of my head.
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Bobby's back, seriously pissed and looking for a way in... to hell that is.
The second instalment of Bobby Dollar's adventures continues straight on from where it left off, with Bobby wanting to get Cassi back and willing to go to extreme lengths to do so.
Most of this book is spent with Bobby working his way through Hell trying to get to Cassi and hell is .. well hellish, not so many laughs in this book as the first and what there is just seems to fall on its face most of the time, but this could be because, and here is my only issue with this audio book, the narrator has changed!
Joe May, who read the first book, is Bobby.
Now I listen to a lot of audio books and know that sometimes a the voice has to change mid series, it's just in this case Joe was so good and Tim, in comparison, in my opinion is not.
To be honest I found the story hard going because this, which is a real shame as it is a fantastic there and back again hell book, tad's descriptions of Hell and its inmates are lavish and disturbing.
In all a fantastic book well worth a listen, shame about the narrator change.
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